How did he get here?: Drafted, 2010 (23rd Round)
Stats: 6'1" 195 lbs, Bats: Left Throws: Left
Hometown/Birthplace: Lincoln, NE
Age as of April 1, 2011: 23
2010 Men of the Match: 5
Bailey was drafted out of Nebraska, where he hit .368/.431/.691 for the Cornhuskers in 223 ABs, and was a First Team All-Big 12 selection in 2010. He had a rough start to his professional career, but started to put it together towards the end of the season for the ValleyCats, and got an RBI single in G1 of the NYPL Championship, and a two-run double in G2 to put the Cyclones away in G2.
Bailey didn't commit an error in 41 games in RF or 20 games in LF, and had seven outfield assists.
What went right?
Home games. His Home OPS (.678) was 95 points higher than his Road OPS (.583). Three of his four homers came at Joe Bruno, and he also drew ten of his thirteen walks at home.
August and September. After hitting under .200 in June and July, Bailey hit .225/.281/.326 in August, and .579/.600/.842 in September (11x19). In short, he hit .190 in June and July, and .287 in August and September. Over the course of his last ten games, Bailey hit .385/.400/.513.
RISP. With a Bases Empty OPS of .622, a Runners On OPS of .644, Bailey hit .250/.303/.397 - all slash line highs - w/RISP.
What went wrong?
Obviously, that start to the season. Not to mention that drew five walks in his first 35 games.
And those walks are another thing. He drew a walk in 5.1% of his PAs in 2010 (4.0% of his ABs in June and July). That came up over the last 31 games of the regular season, when he drew a walk in 7.4% of his ABs. Not great, but still an improvement.
Thanks to the strength of the close of the season, and his success in the playoffs, Bailey may get a shot at Lexington next season, where we'll get a better sense of his ability to adjust to the level of competition.